A memorial service for slain Havelock bar bouncer Todd Asa North has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Cotten Funeral Home in New Bern.
North, 39, a Marine Corps veteran, died after he was shot April 14 at the entrance to Flyers on Fontana Boulevard in Havelock.
Witnesses said North stepped into the line of gunfire at the door of the bar, and in doing so, likely saved the lives of others inside.
North graduated in 1991 from Del Oro High School in Loomis, Calif. He entered the Marine Corps, serving 12 years before medical reasons prompted his retirement. He served at Cherry Point, and upon his retirement, stayed in the area.
North, who was known to work out constantly, was a hulking figure and found work after the Marine Corps as a bouncer at numerous local nightclubs and bars.
He was so popular that some even referred to him as "The Mayor of Havelock." Others just called him "North."
He leaves behind a wife and four children and a broad extended family.
A memorial fund has been set up for his youngest son, Asa, age 2. Donations can be made to the Asa North Fund, c/o 1908 D South Glenburnie Road, New Bern, N.C. 28562.
A separate Todd Asa North Scholarship Fund has been arranged to benefit wrestlers of Del Oro High School who "exhibit the honor and character of Todd." Memorial donations can be made c/o Del Oro High School: Attn: Terry Barker, 3301 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA 95650.
Charged in North’s death is Jonathan Richard Pugh, 18, who remains in the Craven County Jail on an open count of murder.
According to police, Pugh was among a group of young men thrown out of Flyers about 12:30 a.m. April 14 for fighting. Pugh left the area in a car but returned about 40 minutes later, and according to police, fired multiple shots into the doorway of the bar.
Four bullets hit North, who returned fire, striking Pugh in the midsection. North later died at the hospital. After a couple of days in the hospital, Pugh was released into the custody of authorities.
Capt. David Bratton, acting Havelock police chief, said there had been no other arrests in the case, but the investigation was still open.
"What we’re doing is collecting the evidence, talking to witnesses and consulting with the district attorney in getting the case ready to go to court," Bratton said.
Pugh’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 3 in New Bern.
Flyers remains closed.